12/10/2011

Can you sew? Have we got a job for you

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Keeping the hats in order is likely one of the duties at Royal Lodge, which may be a chore in the the case of Eugenie, left. Princess Beatrice, centre, has her own place, but Prince Andrew, right, has  plenty of uniforms to iron. (Getty Images)

If you ever wanted to get an view from the inside of a royal household, here’s your chance.

Just make sure you’re carrying a feather duster around.

Prince Andrew, Duke of York, is looking for a housekeeping assistant to keep the 30-room Royal Lodge tidy. The successful applicant must have “a hard-working, flexible and positive attitude” as he/she toils during a 40-hour week that will earn them about $25,000 a year.

Among the duties:

- the care of antiques and specialist cleaning
- maiding/valetting duties for guests
- assisting at receptions, dinners and other events

Royal lodgeAmong those you are liable to bump into are the Princess Eugenie, who lives there between university terms, the Duke himself, and even his former wife, Sarah Ferguson. She has used the home as her London base since 2008, after her nearby home was damaged by fire.

The house (right) used to be a country residence for the Queen Mother until 2002. Andrew moved in from Sunninghill Park in 2004.

The new housekeeper will be part of a three-peron staff. They will have plenty to keep busy, making up beds, dusting (“under advice from the Royal Collection” for those older items), even a little hand sewing. The valet duties include “packing and unpacking, pressing and preparing clothes, arranging dry cleaning, care of jewellery, running baths, assisting with dressing if required and arranging the service of tea and breakfast trays.

The pay isn’t great -- there’s a wage freeze in royal circles -- and you’ll have to work one weekend in three (what’s a lodge without a party or two?). But you do get a free lunch and there’s a pension plan. Plus, of course, the privilege of getting some up-close glimpses of royalty.

Although the application is listed on the British monarchy website, a Palace spokesperson says this is not a tax-funded job. The pay is coming out of the Duke’s own pocket.

Applications close Dec. 30. Just in time for the new year's party.

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PLEASE MS.QUEENIE.........KEEP YOUR KIN AT HOME. I CANNOT AFFORD ANOTHER ROYAL VISIT. I AM JUST A LONELY PENSIONER WHO DOES NOT NEED TO BE REMINDED YET AGAIN OF YOUR "RULE OVER THE DOMAIN".

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